Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 6 "favorite vampire movie" of the 30 day horror challenge

Vampire films... these days they seem to be a dime a dozen or people complain about how Twilight films are ruining this sub-genre. The rules are pretty clear about how vamps work, how to kill them, what they do in the dark, how they go about drinking blood, etc. So this sub-genre is limited by the very rules that have already been established thus making it hard for a film to break out from a creative standpoint. That's what probably influenced my pick, which goes to....

Habit - Is it a vampire film or not? I like the juxtaposition between alcoholism which rules the life of our main character against the "is it real or is it not?" aspects associated with vampirism in the film. Roger Ebert said it best in his review of Habit as to what makes the film so successful: 

Of all the recent vampire movies ("Interview with the Vampire",''The Addiction",''Nadja''), this is the only one to suggest that the powerful symbolism of vampirism could create results even in the absence of causes. You could be killed by vampires even if they do not exist.

I've always been a big believer in the power of ambiguity as it leaves something to the viewers imagination. It leaves them something to ponder over. It gets people debating things or questioning how things truly unfolded. Once a film gets inside your head like that, it's working on a deeper level. Habit breaks the mold of the conventional vampire movies and leaves a haunting impression that's hard to shake off.

So which film would you have picked? take part, the rules are below, or you can check out the Facebook fan page and interact with everyone else that's taking part by visiting:!/pages/30-Day-Horror-Challenge-by-Big-Daddy-Horror-Reviews/198282733537709?sk=info

Or feel free to start your own blog posts on your site! (You can start on day one or you can feel free to join me on day we are currently at). Or just feel free to leave us a little comment so we know which film made the cut for you! The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can't pick the same horror film more then once. So once you pick say The Exorcist for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can't repick it again for any other day what so ever including favorite horror film. And for once, I am opening up the comments section so that, yes, you can comment each day along with me on your favorite picks! So let's get to it! This is the 30 Day Horror Film Challenge! 

Day 01 - A horror film that no one would expect you to love, but you do
Day 02 - The horror film that you relate most to
Day 03 - Your favorite slasher
Day 04 - Your favorite werewolf film
Day 05 - Your favorite monster movie
Day 06 - Your favorite vampire movie
Day 07 - Your favorite supernatural horror film
Day 08 - Your favorite anthology
Day 09 - Your favorite exploitation / grind house type film
Day 10 - Your favorite psychological horror film
Day 11 - Your favorite science fiction horror film
Day 12 - Your favorite horror film involving the occult
Day 13 - Your favorite horror comedy
Day 14 - Your favorite zombie film
Day 15 - Your favorite horror film involving serial killers
Day 16 - Your favorite childhood themed horror film
Day 17 - Your favorite horror film remake
Day 18 - Your favorite foreign horror film (outside of your country of origin) Day 19 - Your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell or Satanism
Day 20 - Your favorite horror film involving a killer animal
Day 21 - Your favorite medical horror film
Day 22 - Your favorite horror themed TV show
Day 23 - Your favorite made for TV horror film
Day 24 - Horror film in which you prefer the edited version over the director's cut
Day 25 - A horror film that you used to hate, but now like
Day 26 - Your favorite horror film to watch as a child
Day 27 - Your favorite guilty pleasure
Day 28 - Your favorite horror film that no one's ever heard of
Day 29 - Your least favorite horror film of all time
Day 30 - Your favorite horror film of all time


Life Between Frames said...

Here's my write-up for the first six days of the challenge:

Kate said...

Love it! I chose From Dusk Till Dawn: